Historical evidence does not mean that a person is bound to have Overactive Bladder Disorder (OAB), it just means that in a single person, there may be evidence to show that sometime in their lifetime that they may suffer from symptoms of OAB. The best way to help a senior in your care is to begin to take down a detailed history of the most important medical aspects of your client’s life. With this evidence, you can help their medical professional best treat their OAB.
At the onset, those diagnosed with Overactive Bladder Disorder will commonly report the urgency to go. They may feel the urgency with or without urge incontinence. It is often associated with frequent urination – both during the day and throughout the nighttime.
Once the medical professional takes note of your client’s symptoms, he or she can differentiate as to whether they have OAB or stress incontinence – a totally separate factor. Stress incontinence is when a person leaks urine during what is termed Valsalva maneuvers; coughing, sneezing, bending and lifting or with other strenuous activities.
If you do what you can to record the history, you may be able to help your client’s healthcare professional determine if your client suffers from “bladder spasms” or involuntary bladder contractions. These symptoms may possibly be present in both types of incontinence. Because of these additional symptoms, especially in seniors with OAB, their history may be quite confusing – even to their healthcare professionals.
With your help, the diagnosis may become easier all around. This is yet another way to prove that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.